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Joss Whedon says the Guardians of the Galaxy will not appear in The Avengers 2

Jun. 12, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Despite being a key part of Phase Two, Joss Whedon has shot down rumors that the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY cast of characters will be appearing on screen in THE AVENGERS 2. While this does not rule out any members of THE AVENGERS 2 from showing up in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, it seems that Marvel wants to start new franchises without linking them directly.

When asked about the potential crossover, Whedon had this to say:

Were following Guardians at Shepperton [with Avengers 2] but we wont be swapping cast members. Every movie is its own thing and has to be. Unless I take a lot of peyote and write a very different draft and Im not ruling that out.

Whedon could just be playing mum on the entire topic as to keep any possible mystery in what may be the most highly anticipated sequel of of all time. There have been long standing rumors that Tony Stark would be gracing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY but things seem difficult enough as it is just getting confirmation that Robert Downey Jr will even be in THE AVENGERS 2.

I respect that Whedon wants to allow the standalone films to have their own creative process, but he created a mold with the first film that THE AVENGERS 2 has to live up to, so a certain level of crossover is to be expected by fans. Whether that extends to the lesser known GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY remains to be seen.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is slated to open on August 1, 2014 and THE AVENGERS 2 on May 1, 2015.

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1:42PM on 06/13/2013
I'm just hoping I live long enough to be able to see Phase 4.
I'm just hoping I live long enough to be able to see Phase 4.
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6:28AM on 06/13/2013
Masters of Evil in Avengers 2. Thanos in Avengers 3. Ultron in Avengers 4. Korvac in Avengers 5. Kang in Avengers 6. Then do an Avengers / X-Men movie.
Masters of Evil in Avengers 2. Thanos in Avengers 3. Ultron in Avengers 4. Korvac in Avengers 5. Kang in Avengers 6. Then do an Avengers / X-Men movie.
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10:31AM on 06/13/2013
Everything comes and goes in cycles. Marvel won't forget this basic rule of life and business. They know that crowds will burn out on superhero movies just about when Avengers 3 finishes. They'll put them on a shelf, wait 15 years (spending that time re-acquiring rights to lost heroes like Xmen, Spider Man, etc) and then will re-boot the entire thing, only they'll go with another version of The Avengers, or else they'll pick The Defenders or some other team.
Everything comes and goes in cycles. Marvel won't forget this basic rule of life and business. They know that crowds will burn out on superhero movies just about when Avengers 3 finishes. They'll put them on a shelf, wait 15 years (spending that time re-acquiring rights to lost heroes like Xmen, Spider Man, etc) and then will re-boot the entire thing, only they'll go with another version of The Avengers, or else they'll pick The Defenders or some other team.
10:24PM on 06/12/2013
Well, we don't want to bloat the team up. It's a separate team, so keep them separate.
Well, we don't want to bloat the team up. It's a separate team, so keep them separate.
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8:37PM on 06/12/2013
This is probably for the best. Even the first Avengers felt crowded (hence Renner's comments about Hawkeye being underused). With the rumors of adding Quick Silver, Scarlett Witch, Ant Man, and even more, it would be too much for the GOTG to get added and give them a point for being in the film.
This is probably for the best. Even the first Avengers felt crowded (hence Renner's comments about Hawkeye being underused). With the rumors of adding Quick Silver, Scarlett Witch, Ant Man, and even more, it would be too much for the GOTG to get added and give them a point for being in the film.
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8:09PM on 06/12/2013
I don't get it, then why even bother doing Guardians of the Galaxy at all? I thought the whole point of the phases was to make one giant interconnected narrative that ends with the Avengers. In the words of Han Solo "I got a bad feeling about this."
I don't get it, then why even bother doing Guardians of the Galaxy at all? I thought the whole point of the phases was to make one giant interconnected narrative that ends with the Avengers. In the words of Han Solo "I got a bad feeling about this."
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6:40PM on 06/12/2013

"the most highly anticipated sequel of all time"

Not a chance.
Not a chance.
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11:04PM on 06/12/2013
The only sequel I can think of that's more anticipated is the next Star Wars, but even then, I think this could very well be tied with it.
The only sequel I can think of that's more anticipated is the next Star Wars, but even then, I think this could very well be tied with it.
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4:25PM on 06/12/2013
I guess I'll never hear what nickname Stark would give Rocket Raccoon...
I guess I'll never hear what nickname Stark would give Rocket Raccoon...
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4:10PM on 06/12/2013

not one and done

Just because these characters are not appearing in Avengers 2 doesnt mean "Guardians of the Galaxy" is the only film they will be in. Remember there is an entire Phase 3+ to be sorted out. The events of "GotG" could lead into Avengers 2, and characters could cross over into Thor 3 or the inevitable Doctor Strange movie. Not to mention "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" and "Avengers 3"

Marvel is playing the long game. While mose movie franchises depend on the success of the latest installment,
Just because these characters are not appearing in Avengers 2 doesnt mean "Guardians of the Galaxy" is the only film they will be in. Remember there is an entire Phase 3+ to be sorted out. The events of "GotG" could lead into Avengers 2, and characters could cross over into Thor 3 or the inevitable Doctor Strange movie. Not to mention "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" and "Avengers 3"

Marvel is playing the long game. While mose movie franchises depend on the success of the latest installment, Marvel is chest deep in their projects years ahead of time. The next 3 Marvel movies can flop critically and commercially, and we would still get Avengers 2. Too much is invested. Something drastic has to happen to Marvel or these movies to stop them from starting to plan the next 20 years of superhero movies.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" isnt my first choice of franchises to tackle next in this universe. But the cast looks fantastic and superhero movies for the most part are getting better all around, especially Disney/Marvel. Heres hoping it will all work out. In Whedon we Trust
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3:27PM on 06/12/2013
I had a feeling that Guardians of the Galaxy was a one and done film because it would be a great way to show how powerful Thanos is by killing the majority, if not the entire crew.
I had a feeling that Guardians of the Galaxy was a one and done film because it would be a great way to show how powerful Thanos is by killing the majority, if not the entire crew.
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3:36PM on 06/12/2013
in the grand scheme of things, that would be interesting. but as a standalone movie, having all the heroes killed at the end would be depressing as fuck. and people would say "hey GotG sucked. the whole movie was just a build up for Avengers 2. it wasn't it's own movie"... just like they said about Iron Man 2.
in the grand scheme of things, that would be interesting. but as a standalone movie, having all the heroes killed at the end would be depressing as fuck. and people would say "hey GotG sucked. the whole movie was just a build up for Avengers 2. it wasn't it's own movie"... just like they said about Iron Man 2.
10:15PM on 06/12/2013
I like the idea of a superhero film killing off its heroes. Especially with low tier superheroes like the ones in Guardians of the Galaxy.
I like the idea of a superhero film killing off its heroes. Especially with low tier superheroes like the ones in Guardians of the Galaxy.
11:06PM on 06/12/2013
At the very least, Rocket would survive. Cause once he's introduced, everyone will find him awesome and they won't want to see him killed off.
At the very least, Rocket would survive. Cause once he's introduced, everyone will find him awesome and they won't want to see him killed off.
10:23AM on 06/13/2013
Right, cuz nothing says "awesome" like a talking raccoon.
Right, cuz nothing says "awesome" like a talking raccoon.
3:12PM on 06/12/2013
Good move. Guardians has the potential to flop (most people know who Iron Man is... not Drax the Destroyer), and they probably don't want to sully THE MOST anticiapted movie of 2015
Good move. Guardians has the potential to flop (most people know who Iron Man is... not Drax the Destroyer), and they probably don't want to sully THE MOST anticiapted movie of 2015
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3:01PM on 06/12/2013
Thats because in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Thanos will kill them all, and the movie is just an excuse to show us the power of Thanos, for million of people that probably dont know who the hell he is!
Thats because in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Thanos will kill them all, and the movie is just an excuse to show us the power of Thanos, for million of people that probably dont know who the hell he is!
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10:22AM on 06/13/2013
Not sure why you're getting thumbs down. This was the most obvious conclusion I drew from this news as well.
Not sure why you're getting thumbs down. This was the most obvious conclusion I drew from this news as well.
2:58PM on 06/12/2013
Seems like a good idea. By allowing room for standalone films/franchises it leaves potential for even more characters to be brought to the big screen. As cool as it would be to have a huge Avengers movie with every single character on screen, it just wouldn't work, it would be a rehash of X3, almost.


But even still, one has to expect a certain level of crossover to happen. Especially since it seems the GOTG will be facing off against Skrees, Krulls, or Thanos (if rumours are to be
Seems like a good idea. By allowing room for standalone films/franchises it leaves potential for even more characters to be brought to the big screen. As cool as it would be to have a huge Avengers movie with every single character on screen, it just wouldn't work, it would be a rehash of X3, almost.


But even still, one has to expect a certain level of crossover to happen. Especially since it seems the GOTG will be facing off against Skrees, Krulls, or Thanos (if rumours are to be believed). I mean, you can't have the same bad guys show up in any movie without referencing where they came from or introduced to the Cinematic Universe. Or maybe you can, what do I know? I don't work in Hollywood.
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3:33PM on 06/12/2013
i dont get the allusion to X3. just because something was tried once and failed doesn't mean that it can't be done.
i dont get the allusion to X3. just because something was tried once and failed doesn't mean that it can't be done.
2:54PM on 06/12/2013

ummmm..

hate to point out the glaringly obvious typo but..

"I respect that Whedon wants to allow the standalone films to have their own creative process, but he created a mold when he directed THE AVENGERS 2"

Pretty sure he hasn't directed the sequel yet.
hate to point out the glaringly obvious typo but..

"I respect that Whedon wants to allow the standalone films to have their own creative process, but he created a mold when he directed THE AVENGERS 2"

Pretty sure he hasn't directed the sequel yet.
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3:40PM on 06/12/2013
"I respect that Whedon wants to allow the standalone films to have their own creative process, but he created a mold with the first film that THE AVENGERS 2 has to live up to - "

Read it again.
"I respect that Whedon wants to allow the standalone films to have their own creative process, but he created a mold with the first film that THE AVENGERS 2 has to live up to - "

Read it again.
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